Feb. 18th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Liz Phillips: IFS for People in Relationships

Liz is an IFS Certified therapist with training in Level 2 in IFIO (Intimacy from the Inside Out) and has staffed numerous trainings. In 2021, Liz delivered a number of IFIO-informed workshops to international audiences to bring interest to the model, which she has experienced as a game changer in her practice.

In this 3 hour workshop Liz will describe how work with partners (professionally and personally) is not just “IFS X 2” but facilitates the Self focus first that unhooks the shame/blame cycle and builds the bridges. She will also focus on how to leverage the client’s realistic hope by tying it into their needs.

Participants will learn practical tools with a full outlining of the IFIO protocol as well as developing greater clarity on Therapist/Practitioner Parts (e.g. “This couple is too hard”, “I’m getting stuck”.)

Recommended for anyone with clients in relationship, or for you if you are, ever have been, or intend to be in a relationship.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video of Liz describing the workshop

Liz’s Bio, Click Here

Liz’s Podcasts are here

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 4 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor (honour system): $25 + service fee


Mar 11th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Mike Elkin & Ann Sinko

Anxiety, Depression & Shame: Understanding the Connections, Healing the Burdens

Senior IFS Trainers Mike and Ann recognise that anxiety and depression are the most presented symptoms of people seeking psychotherapy, and shame is frequently the engine that fuels both.

This workshop provides an innovative way of understanding and working with the universal human problems of anxiety, depression, and shame with an evidence-based theory; providing a framework that makes entrenched symptoms workable.

This workshop will deepen your IFS skills and provide more tools for your IFS toolbox. You will:

• Explore the IFS paradigm of depression, anxiety, and shame, not as a disorder, but as a coping mechanism of parts responding to a constraint in the internal or external system.

• See how this understanding provides a foundation for a uniquely powerful approach to these all-too common symptoms.

• Be introduced to the organizing nature of shame.

• Be encouraged to focus on expanding your knowledge of essential processes unique to IFS, such as polarizations, working with extreme managers and firefighters, and unburdening.

• Be made aware of advanced techniques: working with legacy burdens, phobias, despair and inner critics.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video of Mike and Ann describing the workshop

Mike & Ann’s Bios, Click Here

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 4 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor (honour system): $25 + service fee


April 1st, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Birthing the Wise Woman: A Self-led Menopause Journey – Christine Dennis, M.Sc. (Herb. Med.)

Join IFS-Informed Medical Herbalist Christine Dennis as she provides a roadmap for “the change”, so called because  everything changes.

  • Physical level – is the period when one’s endocrine system and physical body transition from being fertile to no longer fertile.
  • Emotional level – tumultuous times from hormonal fluctuations – stormy boat ride – with extended periods of depression and /or anxiety
  • Mental levels – brain fog, decreased confidence in ability to think and focus
  • Spiritual level – it is another type of birth – a new phase of being and living

Christine will teach us about the Consciousness of Hormone Parts, and how to engage with them. Some of the key players:

Estrogen – Alert and aware properties

Progesterone – Protective properties – it literally creates a veil that protects the fetus from the mother’s immune system

Testosterone – Persistent! Energetic, courageous, responsible and focused

Follicle Stimulating Hormone – “Go, Go, Go! Let’s Do This!” Rallies the troops – Stimulates! Pushes the system

Luteinizing Hormone – Surges, and can be unpredictable – often showing up as erotic dreams

The Menopause Map – 5 stages on the Menopause Journey:

Early Perimeno-pause – “The Change” is hardly perceptible. In the 40’s might start to get a fleeting sense that things are shifting, but denial is a beautiful thing.

Mid Perimeno-pause – “The Change” is now picking up, losing the zest for life, motivation and sex drive is in decline with periods of surges and interest.

Final Death Throes – “The Change” – it is hurricane time – intense fight to hang on

Meno-pause – The surrender. The Death – finally giving up the resistance and fight; beginning of Acceptance

Post Meno-pause – A brand new day forms from within ourselves, albeit, we are a little worn out, beaten up and tattered now. A sense of relief, contracted to expanded consciousness. Starting to live being true to You now – the You without veil of the intoxicating hormones.

But of course it is not linear straight path from start to the finish line!

Self-leadership – from the “I” of the storm. We can witness who’s up, which hormone-part consciousness.. By engaging with and entering into dialogue with these parts, with curiosity, we can also look for the driving forces and meaning from deep within the psyche.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video about the workshop

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 4 weeks.

Christine’s Website is HERE

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor (honour system): $25 + service fee


May 6th, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Dr. Nicholas Bruss EdD, LMFT: What the IFS Therapist needs to know about Psychedelic Medicine

Increasingly our clients are either working with psychedelic medicines in controlled environments or recreationally. As IFS therapists it behoves us to familiarise ourselves with these phenomena in order to be of better service to our clients. Dick Schwartz has repeatedly spoken of his own personal work with Ketamine and writes of the benefits in his latest book “No bad Parts”.

Dr. Nick Bruss is a certified IFS therapist and co-therapist in the phase 3 M.A.P.S. study treating trauma with MDMA. He also works with Ketamine in his practice. During this workshop he will teach us about what happens in the brain with these medicines and how, in conjunction with IFS people may reach a different platform from which they can experience their system. His focus will be on integration of the experiences: from informed consent to peak experiences and how the heightened relationship with parts can be brought into day-to-day life.

Dr. Bruss maintains that the IFS therapist is well-positioned to facilitate the integration. He will also speak to how to discern when clients may be engaging in medicine work as a form of Spiritual bypass that may move them away from the healing and integration they may need.

Please click on the image below to see a brief video of Nick describing the workshop

 

 

 

 

 

This Workshop will be recorded and the recording sent to registrants the next day. It will be available for 4 weeks.

Cost (USD): $85 + service fee ; Students: $45 + service fee; Unemployed/working poor (honour system): $25 + service fee